Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) subsidiary YouTube consumers a lot of bandwidth. On the Google Blog, co-founder of YouTube Chad Hurley wrote that 13 hours of video are uploaded each minute. The blog post was written in celebration of 10 years of Google.
“Ten years ago the world of online video was little more than an idea. It was used mostly by professionals like doctors or lawyers in limited and closed settings. Connections were slow, bandwidth was limited, and video gear was expensive and bulky,” stated Hurley. “There were many false starts and outlandish promises over the years about the emergence of online video. It was really the dynamic growth of the Internet (in terms of adoption, speed and ubiquity) that helped to spur the idea that online video – millions of people around the world shooting it, uploading it, viewing
it via broadband – was even possible.”
YouTube wants to make it as easy to upload videos as it is to make a phone call. YouTube wants to be available on every TV screen and mobile device. Hurley predicts that tools to make videos will become smaller and more affordable.
I agree with Hurley about his prediction of video options in the next 10 years. Devices to record videos have become smaller and smaller. Most new standard phones come with video recording capabilities. Some video cameras allow users to record videos and upload to YouTube wirelessly. What I would like to see in the next 10 years is more affordable video conferencing.
I would like to call relatives in India and be able to see them immediately without them or myself having to buy expensive equipment. We still have a long way to go with video capabilities, but YouTube has done a great job being at the forefront of it all.